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Where to Start

The Office of the Budget makes certain documents available online so the public can access them easily. Many of our contracts are available to the public at the PA Treasury Department’s e-Library or at the Department of General Services’ e-Marketplace. Other public records may be published on the Office of the Budget website as deemed appropriate.

If you can't find the records online, visit the PA Office of Open Records (OOR) for tips on submitting a RTKL request. The OOR publishes the full text of the RTKL, a list of open records officers, a Citizens’ Guide to the Right-to-Know Law, a standard form that can be used to submit requests, and many other helpful resources.

How to Submit a Request 

The Office of the Budget accepts Right-to-Know Law requests via email, fax, mail, or hand delivery during our regular business hours of Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time (except state holidays or other office closures). Requests received after our regular business hours are deemed received on the next day that the office is open for regular business.

Send requests to: 
Barry Williams | Agency Open Records Officer
Office of the Budget
9th Floor | Forum Place 
555 Walnut Street | Harrisburg PA 17101 
Telephone: 717.787.6496
Fax: 717.787.3376 

Remember that a RTKL request should identify the records that you wish to obtain. General questions and media inquiries not pertaining to requests for records should be directed to our Office of Legislative Affairs and Communications at 717.265.8078 or emailed to

OFFICE OF THE BUDGET RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW POLICY(Effective for all Right-to-Know Law Requests received on or after December 20, 2021)

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL), 65 P.S. § 67.101 et seq. and in compliance with the policies set forth in Management Directive 205.36, Right-to-Know Law Compliance (PDF), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of the Budget (OB) sets forth the following policies, process, and procedures regarding responses by OB to RTKL requests.

This OB RTKL Polic​​y is available at

This policy applies only to OB. Any other Commonwealth Agency or office within the Governor’s Executive Offices may have its own separate RTKL Policy.

To facilitate access to documents of public interest and reduce the need for RTKL requests, some documents are already available to the public electronically on OB’s website under Publications and Reports.​ The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
Department of General Services (DGS) publishes many solicitations, awards, and contracts on its eMarketplace website​. Pursuant to Chapter 17 of the RTKL, 65 P.S. §§ 67.1701-1702, Commonwealth contracts of $5,000.00 or more are available at the Pennsylvania Treasury. OB may also make other public records available on its website as it deems appropriate.

          A.        A written request to OB under the RTKL must meet all the following requirements:

                     1.          Be addressed to the OB Agency Open Records Officer (AORO) at:

                                    Barry J. Williams
                                    Agency Open Records Officer
                                    Office of the Budget
                                    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
                                    Forum Place – 9th Floor
                                    555 Walnut Street
                                    Harrisburg, PA 17101
                                    Telephone: 717-787-6496
                                    Fax: 717-787-3376

                    2.          Identify a name and address to which OB should address its response.
                    3.          State that the request is being made pursuant to the RTKL.
                    4.          Be submitted to the AORO in-person, by U.S. mail, by email, or by fax as directed above.
                    5.          Be sufficiently specific to enable OB to ascertain which records are being requested.
                    6.          Be from a person that is a legal resident of the United States.

          B.      While OB may fulfill verbal RTKL requests, the requester cannot pursue the relief and remedies provided under
                     the RTKL unless the request is made in writing.
          C.      RTKL requests may be on the form available at the Office of Open Records (OOR) website (PDF).​

          D.      The regular business hours of OB’s RTKL Office are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time 
                    ​in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, except for those days on which OB is closed due to a state holiday or at the direction
                   of the Governor. Any RTKL request received by OB’s RTKL Office after the close of regular business hours 
                   shall be  deemed to have been receive​d by that office on the next day that OB is open for regular business.
           E.      RTKL requests received by OB are considered “public records,” and OB may post the RTKL requests it receives
​                     on the OB website​.​ ​

        The RTKL requires OB to respond to an RTKL request within 5 business days. In determining the 5 business day period,
         the day that the RTKL request is received is not counted. Accordingly, the 5 business day response period begins the
         business day after the request was received.

        The AORO may respond to the request by granting access to the record sought; seeking additional time or fees 
         through an Interim Response; or preparing a written Final Response granting, denying, or granting in part and
         denying in part the request. Each of these options is a “response” for purposes of the RTKL. The AORO may send
         written responses to requesters by United States mail, in person, delivery service, fax, or email.
           A.       Interim Responses.

                      OB must provide a Final Response to a RTKL request within 5 business days unless  are satisfied and the
                      AORO gives the requester and Interim Response of written notice that ​additional time will be required.​           

                     The AORO may send an interim response if any of the following apply:

                     1.        The RTKL request requires redaction of a public record.
                     2.       The RTKL request requires retrieval of a record from a remote location.
                     3.       A response within the 5-business-day period cannot be accomplished due to bona fide staffing
                               limitations, which must be specified in the interim response.​ 
                     4.      Legal review is necessary to determine whether the record requested is subject to access under the Act.
                     5.       The requester has not complied with OB’s policies regarding access to public records.
                     6.       The requester has not complied with a demand by the AORO for prepayment of fees, which are required
                                to ​fulfill the RTKL request and which are estimated to exceed $100. If prepayment of fees is required by the
                               AORO, the time period for response shall be tolled from the time the demand for payment is made until
                               such time as payment is actually​​ received.
                     7.       The extent or nature of the request precludes a response within the required time period. 

                    An interim response must meet all the following requirements:

                    1.         Be sent to the requester on or before the last day of the 5 business day period.
                    2.        Explain that the request is being reviewed and the reason for the review.
                    3.        Provide an estimate of applicable fees owed when the record becomes available.
                    4.        Give a reasonable date that a response is expected to be provided that is not more than 30 calendar days
                               from the end of the 5 business day period.

                    If the date of an expected response is in excess of 30 calendar days following the 5 business days allowed for in
                   Section 901, the request will be deemed denied unless the requester has agreed in writing to the date specified
                   in ​the notice.​ 

                    If OB determines that estimated fees for responding to the request exceed $100, OB will send an interim
                    response demanding prepayment of those estimated fees. Until the estimated fees are received the time period
                    for​ the final response is tolled. Failure to make the estimated prepayment by the date required by OB in its
                    interim​ response will result in the request being deemed withdrawn. OB will issue a final response once
                    prepayment​ is received. 

​         B.      Final Responses.

                    There are three possible final responses: (1) the request is granted; (2) the request is denied; or (3) the request is
                    granted in part and denied in part. The failure to make a timely response is deemed to be a denial. 

                    If a written request is denied in whole or in part, OB will issue a final written response that will include an
                    explanation of the procedure for the requester to appeal, if the requester chooses to do so. The written denial
                    will also set​​ forth the specific reasons for the denial, including a citation of supporting legal authority. If the
                    denial is the result of a determination that that the record requested is exempt from disclosure, the specific
                    reasons for​ OB’s determination shall be included.

                    Non-production of records due to the fact that a good faith search by OB does not produce any responsive
                    records is not a denial of access.​ 

         C.      Redaction

                   OB will not deny access to a record based upon the fact that portions of the record are not public records and, as
                   a result, not subject to disclosure. Instead, OB will redact the portions that are not public records and produce
                    the portions that are public records.

         D.       Access

                    The AORO may grant access to a requested record by (1) providing the requester an opportunity to access the
                    record at OB’s offices, (2) sending a copy of the record to the requester, or (3) notifying the requester that the
                    record is available through publicly accessible electronic means. If the requester writes to OB within 30 days that
                    the requester is unable or unwilling to access the information electronically, then OB shall provide the record in
                    paper format, after requester has paid all applicable RTKL fees.

                    Under the RTKL, all persons or entities must pay all applicable RTKL fees before receiving access of any kind to
                    records pursuant to the RTKL. 65​ P.S. § 67.901. OB will not provide any requester with access to any public record
                    until OB has first received payment from the requester in United States currency of all applicable RTKL fees due
                    in connection with the RTKL request. Acceptable forms of payment for RTKL fees are a money order, a certified
                    check, a cashier’s check, or a personal or business check. OB will not accept cash, cryptocurrency, or any other
                    alternative payment method for payment of RTKL fees.​ 

                    If payment is made by a personal or business check, OB will only consider the payment to have been received
                    once the check clears the requester’s account, and the requester’s funds have been deposited in the
                    Commonwealth’s account. 

                    Upon receipt of the requester’s payment, OB will deliver the requested record to the requester via the United
                    States Mail, or the requester may choose to pick up the requested records in OB’s offices during regular office

                   OB has the discretion to determine the building(s) and room(s) that will be used to provide a requester with
                   access to OB’s public records. The selection of buildings and rooms for access to OB’s public records is a matter
                   within the discretion of the AORO.​ 

                   OB will provide a public record to a requester in the medium requested if the record exists in that medium.
                   Otherwise, the public record must be provided in the medium in which it exists. If a public record only exists in
                   one medium, OB is not required to convert that public record to another medium, except that if the public
                   record is only available in an electronic form, OB must print it out on paper if the requester so requests. 

                    OB is not required to create a public record that does not already exist. OB is not required to compile, maintain,
                    format, or organize a public record in a manner in which OB does not currently do so.​ 

       E.        Duplication of Public Records.

                     OB may either make copies of the requested records itself or, in its discretion, allow the requester to bring the
                     necessary equipment to make its own copies of the requested records. OB, in its discretion, may: make its
                     duplication equipment available to a requester, and may either require that the requester operate the
                     equipment, or may assign OB staff to make the duplications; or contract for duplication services and require the
                     requester to pay the applicable rate.

III.             FEES

                   Applicable fees to be charged by OB under the RTKL are as follows.

      A.        Fees Determined by the Office of Open Records

                  Under the RTKL, the Office of Open Records has the authority to establish two fees for Commonwealth agencies:
                  Duplication, 65 P.S. § 67.1307(b); and Enhanced Electronic Access (an agency may establish user fees, subject to
                  approval by OOR), 65 P.S. § 67.1307(e). 

                  The fees for duplication are established by OOR, as posted on its website at Unless otherwise
                  directed by statute, OB will charge $0.25 per page for duplication, although on-site duplication may be at a
                  reduced rate of $0.15, at the sole discretion of OB. OB does not have any records available via enhanced electronic

                   Pursuant to this RTKL policy, OB may waive duplication fees for 20 pages or less. Duplication charges are to be
                   paid for any duplication of 21 or more pages.​

       B.       Specialized Fees

          1. OB will charge $1 per copy for certified copies, when requested by the requester.
                   ​2. OB will charge the actual cost for postage, facsimile/microfiche, or other media, as well as for specialized
                        documents, except that postage fees will be waived for postage that costs under $1.00. 
                   3. Special rules apply to fees for transcripts of administrative proceedings:
                       i.        Prior to an adjudication becoming “final, binding and non- appealable,” transcripts may be requested
                                 through an agency; however, the stenographer or court reporter is permitted to charge the regular fee for
                                 this service.
                      ii.       Following an adjudication becoming “final, binding and non- appealable,” a request for the transcript shall
                                be treated like any other request for a record and the usual duplication fee of up to $.25 per page will be
       C.       Reasonable and Necessarily Incurred Costs

                   As expressly provided by 65 P.S. § 67.1307(g), OB has the authority to charge requesters reasonable fees for
                   necessarily​ incurred costs. OB will determine and charge such fees on a case-by-case basis.​ 

       D.       General Fee Provisions

                   No charge shall be made for agency or legal review of the record to determine whether the requested records
                   are  public records that are subject to production.​ 

                   If the estimated fees that are required to fulfill the RTKL request exceed $100, it may be necessary for the
                   requester to pay the estimated amount in advance, either by certified check or by ordinary check, which must
                   first have​ cleared to be considered received by OB. The demand for prepayment may specify a reasonable time
                   in which the requester must make such prepayment. If the requester fails to make prepayment within the
                   specified time,​ OB is not required to produce the records requested. 

                   All applicable fees must be paid in order to receive access to the record requested. 65 P.S. § 67.901. Any requester
                   who has unpaid amounts outstanding to OB (or to any other agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction in relation
                    to RTKL requests where production was made by any such agency) will not be granted access to records under
                    other RTKL requests until such prior amounts due have been paid in full.
                    When an estimated fee was not required to be paid because the estimate was $100 or less, but actual fees are
                    over $100, or where the fee was under​ $100, OB has the discretion to produce the records and invoice for the
                    amount due or to require payment prior to production.
IV.             APPEALS

                    When a request is denied or deemed denied, whether in whole or in part, the requester may file an appeal with
                    the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Open Records (OOR). The appeal must be filed within 15 business
                    days of the date of OB’s denial or deemed denial of the requestor’s request. OOR encourages requesters to
                    submit appeals through the online version of the official OOR Appeal Form​. Alternatively, OOR accepts appeals
                    using the official OOR Appeal Form (PDF), which may be submitted by U.S. mail, in-person, delivery service, fax,
                    or email addressed to:
                                   Office of Open Records
                                   333 Market Street, 16th Floor 
                                   Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234
                                   Phone: 717-346-9903
                                   Fax: 717-425-5343

                   The appeal must state the grounds upon which the requester asserts that the record is public and respond to
                   any grounds stated by OB for its delay, partial denial, complete denial, or deemed denial of the request. The
                   appeal must include​ (1) the completed OOR Appeal form (online or pdf version); (2) a copy of the original RTKL
                   Request; and (3) a copy of OB’s response(s) to the RTKL Request. The Requester must simultaneously send the
                   appeal, with the attached documents, to the OB AORO in the same manner as the appeal was sent to OOR.

                   A person other than OB or the requester, with a direct interest in the record that is subject to an appeal, has 15
                   days following actual knowledge of the appeal, but no later than the date that the OOR Appeals Officer issues an
                   order, to file a written request to provide information or to appear before that Appeals Officer in support of the
                   requester’s​ or OB’s position in the appeal. The Appeals Officer may, but does not need to, grant the request.​                        
                    For further information on appeals, requesters should go to OOR’s website​.